Course Length: One day
Course Format: Onsite lectures and practical sessions
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- Know before you go - a guide to starting the sheep production cycle well
- Pregnancy and preparing the ewe for lambing
- Top tactics for successful lambing
- Top tips for good growth and lamb survival
Four individual FlockMaster sessions will be running throughout the year until May 2023. Although designed to run as a four-part series, the sessions are also independent of one another to enable sheep keepers to dip into areas of interest if unable to attend the whole course. These sessions will run 10am – 5pm and will involve practical sessions at the Royal Veterinary College’s Boltons Park Farm with their sheep flock. Course notes will be provided.
Why do this course
Who should do it? These sessions are aimed at sheep keepers looking to expand their knowledge and improve their sheep farming practices. We believe that this course is suitable for both commercial and small-scale sheep keepers, whether experienced or novice, providing you relevant and tailored sheep course to the participants on the day.
Session 1: Know before you go - Wednesday 27th July 2022
The aim of the first session in this series is to equip sheep keepers with knowledge and skills to optimise reproductive performance on their farm, and to structure their purchases of sheep so as to minimise the risk of disease introduction.
Session 2: Pregnancy and preparing the ewe for lambing - Tuesday 13th December 2022
The aim of the second session in this series is to equip sheep keepers with knowledge and skills to prepare ewes adequately for lambing.
- Control of lameness - identification of causes of lameness, treatment, 5 point plan for control of footrot
- Grazing management - all grass wintering, use of brassicas, fodder beet and other cover crops
- Recap body condition scoring
- Scanning results & planning for parturition - investigation of barren rates, nutritional needs of pregnant ewes, metabolic profiling, vaccination of ewes prior to lambing, dealing with abortion
- Lambing accommodation - indoors vs outdoors, space, shelter, hygiene, feedspace, orphan areas
- Basic ration planning - practical chance to work out rations for ewes
Session 3: Top tactics for successful lambing - Tuesday 28th February 2023
The aim of the third session in this series is to equip sheep keepers with knowledge and skills to prepare for a successful lambing time with regards to both ewe and lamb management from birth to eight weeks.
Session 4: Crossing the finish line - Tuesday 23th May 2023
The aim of the fourth and final session in this series is to equip sheep keepers with knowledge and skills to ensure growth rates and lamb survival is maximised to get the best out of their lambs, both for replacement and selling.